The Serbian world number one was thrown out of the Grand Slam in NY after accidentally hitting a woman line judge with a ball toward the end of the first set of his clash with the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
Frustrated (he also injured his left shoulder shortly before that), Novak hit the lineswoman with the ball in the throat, causing her to fall and fight for air.
Djokovic will lose all ranking points and be fined the prize money he won for reaching the round of 16, per the USTA statement.
Though there did not appear to be anything intentional about it, it is an automatic default if a player strikes a match official on the court.More news: PM says United Kingdom is ‘overwhelmingly proceeding as one’ after quarantine confusion
He was disqualified from the US Open after striking a lineswoman with a ball.
Open title came to an abrupt end Saturday when he was defaulted for hitting a linesperson with a tennis ball.
"No, of course I think this was not intentional", Carreno Busta told press (Djokovic did not speak to media).
Djokovic, down 5-6 in the first set, hit a ball at a line umpire. As such, he's usually the favorite or at least one of several favorites going into any tournament, but with longtime rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the only two men with more Grand Slam titles, both electing to sit out for health and/ or Covid-19 reasons, he was considered an especially strong bet this time around.
Carreno Busta advances to the quarterfinals in a tournament that suddenly became wide open. I never expected this moment playing against Novak, you know.More news: Everything you need to know about the Google Pixel 4a
"I was a little bit in shock", Carreño Busta said following the mach.
It is an absolutely stunning exit for the 17-time Grand Slam champion, who carried a 26-0 record on court and was the only former major champion standing in the men's draw.
Kyrgios had warned about the, 'MQA dangers of the virus and the need to keep adhering to social distancing, before publicly slamming Djokovic after the world No.1 made the poor judgement of arranging his 'Adria Tour'.
In the women's draw Sunday, 28th seed American Jennifer Brady stunned three-time Grand Slam victor Angelique Kerber and eighth seed Petra Martic was bundled out by Kazakhstan's 23rd seed Yulia Putintseva.More news: Pharmaceutical companies prepare joint pledge to assure testing & safety of coronavirus vaccine